April 08, 2021 7 min read
Enamel Pins 101: What They are And How To Wear Them
For the last few years, enamel pins have been making a major comeback. They’re the perfect fun and affordable way to show off everything from your music taste to your sense of humor. So if you’re trying to figure out how to style your favorite enamel pin or simply want to know more about how they’re made, keep on reading.
First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what an enamel pin actually is. You might be used to seeing buttons or badges (those circular, laminated pins), but enamel pins are a little different.
An enamel pin is a metal pin that you can attach to backpacks, jackets, jeans, and more. They can come in almost any shape, design, or size to suit any aesthetic or style.
One thing that sets enamel pins apart is how they’re made. First, the artist creates, edits, and perfects a design that will translate well onto an enamel pin. Then, they send their design off to the factory they work with to have it produced. This is what that process looks like:
As you can tell from how enamel pins are made, there are different options when manufacturing pins. When it comes to enamel pins, there are two main differences that set apart pins--whether they are hard or soft and what kind of pin backs they come with.
Most designs can be made into either hard or soft enamel pins, so you can’t really go wrong. However, there are some differences, beyond just the way that they’re made. Here’s what to know about hard enamel pins versus soft enamel pins.
Hard enamel pins:
Soft enamel pins:
The pin back is the device on the back of your pin that you use to secure it to clothing or fabric. There are a few different kinds of pin backs that manufacturers and designers can choose from. Each one has its own pros and cons.
Now that you know the ins and outs of enamel pins and how they’re made, it’s time to style them so you can show off your collection.
Wearing enamel pins on your backpack is a classic way to show off your style. From elementary school kids to millennials on the subway, anyone can rock a backpack with enamel pins. If you have a backpack, it’s probably something you carry around almost everyday so it’s the perfect place to make a style statement.
When it comes to placement, there are a few different options depending on the kind of backpack you have. You can pin some on the small front pocket to the top of the backpack near the zipper. If you don’t want to put holes in the fabric of your backpack, you can also opt to place some enamel pins on the straps.
Just remember that backpacks tend to get thrown around a lot and brush up against people and things. Even the most secure pin back can come loose and lose your enamel pin.
Whether you are a little more dedicated to your enamel pin collection than the average person or you simply don’t want to risk losing your favorite pin, a clear display window pin bag is the way to go. You can place your pins on the bag’s fabric like normal, but there’s an added layer of clear plastic protection in case your pin somehow becomes dislodged and falls off.
No need to make a wanted-poster for your pin, because it’s been caught by the clear plastic! With a clear display window pin bag you never have to worry about your favorite enamel pin getting lost or stolen. And the plastic also protects against scratches and dings, so your pin collection will stay looking good as new.
If you’re not the type to rock enamel pins on a backpack or bag, no worries. There’s still lots of options to style your enamel pins and show off your collection. Here’s some of our favorite ways to wear enamel pins on clothing:
Face Masks: Until this COVID mess goes away, we’re stuck wearing masks everywhere we go. Spice up your plague prevention with some enamel pins. Just make sure they’re not too heavy, or they could make your mask droopy and less safe.
If you’re into the witchy look, then check out our pin collections here. We hand-design soft and hard enamel pins to add some bad ass witchy flair to your style.
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